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Auction Description for Quinn's Auction Galleries: The Mang Collection of Japanese Netsuke
Viewing Notes:
Saturday December 1st: 10am-5pm Sunday December 2nd: 12am-4pm Monday December 3rd: 10am-5pm Tuesday December 4th: 10am-7pm Wednesday December 5th: 10am-5:30pm Thursday December 6th: 10am-5:30pm Friday December 7th: 9am-11am All other times by appointment
Sale Notes:
Saturday December 1st: 10am-5pm Sunday December 2nd: 12am-4pm Monday December 3rd: 10am-5pm Tuesday December 4th: 10am-7pm Wednesday December 5th: 10am-5:30pm Thursday December 6th: 10am-5:30pm Friday December 7th: 9am-11am All other times by appointment

The Mang Collection of Japanese Netsuke

by Quinn's Auction Galleries


632 lots with images

December 7, 2012

Live Auction

360 South Washington St

Falls Church, VA, 22046 USA

Phone: 703-532-5632

Fax: 571-765-4061

Email: info@quinnsauction.com

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A ivory and lacquer netsuke of Kiyohime.

Lot 151: A ivory and lacquer netsuke of Kiyohime.

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Description: Issai, Tokyo, Late 19th century. late 19th century. Standing with her left arm clasped in front of her and the right holding a bell striker down at her side. Her body is 80% covered by lacquer of various colors including the black hair that extends to below the waist, the teeth and eyes, the diaper patterns on the robe in many colors, and the lining of the robe in brick red that completely covers the bottom except for the ivory feet that are strikingly left uncovered, Signed on the underside in gold lacquer, Issai. 1 3/4in (4.5cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood ryusa manju of kitchen utensils.

Lot 152: A wood ryusa manju of kitchen utensils.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Rounded oval form. Inscribed, Nihon, meaning Japan. 1 1/2in (3.9cm).

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A ivory ryusa manju of kitchen utensils.

Lot 153: A ivory ryusa manju of kitchen utensils.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Rounded oval form. Inscribed, Nihon, meaning Japan. 1 1/2in (3.8cm).

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A stag antler netsuke of a mermaid.

Lot 154: A stag antler netsuke of a mermaid.

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Description: By Toyosai Mitsuchika, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. She is emerging from undercut waves that appear as filaments of water, she has a snarling open mouth showing three teeth above a partially extended tongue, the eyes are in yellow horn with black centers. Signed on the underside, Mitsuchika. 1 7/8in (4.7cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A wood netsuke of Shoki and Oni.

Lot 155: A wood netsuke of Shoki and Oni.

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Description: Shugyokusai (D2563), Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Shoki chasing two Oni around a Tsuitate, the front with one of the Oni on all fours and the other standing behind him next to them is a wooden press of some sort. The reverse shows Shoki peering around the side of the tsuitate with his sword at the ready. Signed on the reverse, Shugyokusai koku kore, plus 2 seals, the first seal is a pot seal in the form of an archaic Chinese chia bronze vessel, the second is square with a double border and two unread characters inside. 1 5/8in (4cm).

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 156: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, By Tomokazu of the Tomochika school, an octopus and a sake jug & cup, eyes inlaid in dark horn. Signed on the back without reserve, Tomokazu. 1?in (4.7cm). The second, by Ryuei, depicting the Rokkasen or Six Celebrated Poets. Signed on the underside, Ryuei. 1¼in (3.3cm). Provenance: The second, Purchased at Rittershofer auction in Berlin, Germany, November 16, 1971; Lot 953.

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 157: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Late 19th century. Late 19th century. The first, attributed to Tomomasa, 2nd, a Stonecutter making a millstone. Signed on the bottom without reserve, Tomomasa, the characters filled with red ink. 2¾in (7cm). The second, attributed to Tomomasa, a Dutch merchant standing holding an ivory tusk. Signed on the back in an oval reserve, Tomomasa, just beneath the himotoshi. 1?in (3.3cm).

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A ivory netsuke of Sesshu.

Lot 158: A ivory netsuke of Sesshu.

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Description: By Jutsusai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Being freed by rats from the large pine tree to which he is tied. One rat is gnawing at the rope while another crawls over his head. Signed on the base in an acorn shaped cartouche, Jutsusai 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Illustrated in Lazarnick page 553. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A ivory netsuke of an elephant.

Lot 159: A ivory netsuke of an elephant.

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Description: Masayuki, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. With sagging skin and a blanket on its back, standing on a thick oval uncut seal base. Signed on the back end of the base in a rectangular reserve, Masayuki. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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An ivory netsuke of the fox priest and village hea

Lot 160: An ivory netsuke of the fox priest and village hea

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Description: Yoshiyuki, Tokyo, Late 19th century. Figures standing side by side, slightly worn and with good color. Signed on the reverse of the headsman without reserve, Yoshiyuki. 1 3/4in (4.6cm).

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A wood netsuke of a Japanese doctor's doll.

Lot 161: A wood netsuke of a Japanese doctor's doll.

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Description: Toshinao (D3057?), Tokyo, Mid 19th century. A nude Japanese woman reclining on her side and supporting her head with her right hand while her left arm is bent and holds an uchiwa across her chest. Signed on the bottom of her feet with 1 character on each foot, Toshinao. 4 3/4in (12.1cm).

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 162: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Inscribed Yukimasa, Tokyo, Mid/late 19th century. The first, depicts the San-Ko sitting in a sake bowl, each with their attribute. At the front is Urashima Taro with his treasure box, to his right sits the bearded Tobusaku holding a peach in his hands, and to his right sits Miura-no-Osuke with a sword through his obi. Signed on the reverse without reserve, Yukimasa. 1?in (3.6cm). The second, an Ama and an octopus carved in high relief on a large Hamaguri, details are highlighted in black ink. Signed on the back, without reserve, Yukimasa. 1¾in (4.3cm).

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A tsuishu manju with Chinese scholars.

Lot 163: A tsuishu manju with Chinese scholars.

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Description: Matsuki Hokei, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Three scholars seated at a table in a pine grove with one of them reading a scroll on front, the reverse shows another scholar striding majestically and followed by a karako carrying a large Chinese guzheng (lute) over his shoulder. Signed on the side, Hokei. 1 5/8in (4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of awabi diver and crab.

Lot 164: An ivory netsuke of awabi diver and crab.

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Description: Chomin, Tokyo, Late 19th century. Seated in her grass skirt sitting with a slight smile on her face looking at a crab that sits on her right wrist, her hair reinforced with black ink and a slight touch of red on her mouth. Signed on her lower back, Chomin. 1 3/4in (4.5cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1958.

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An ivory netsuke of a Noh-Gigaku of a figure of Ry

Lot 165: An ivory netsuke of a Noh-Gigaku of a figure of Ry

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Description: By Koichi, Tokyo, Late 19th century. The lower jaw of the mask suspended by two cords while the back is more graceful with large himotoshi and more nicely stained. Signed on an inlaid rectangular tsuishu lacquer plaque, Koichi. 2 1/8in (5.6cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A marine ivory netsuke of an Oni.

Lot 166: A marine ivory netsuke of an Oni.

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Description: By Koichi, Tokyo, Late 19th century. Smoking a pipe while compressed in the confines of opium den compartment which is made from several pieces of ivory put together in the manner of boards and finished with a mokume pattern to resemble wood grain. Signed on the bottom within one of the irregular shaped rings of the grain, Koichi. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). Provenance: Illustrated in the Netsuke Kenkyukai article on the Mang Collection (Vol. 3, No. 4 - December 1983).

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An ivory netsuke of Shita-kiri Suzume story.

Lot 167: An ivory netsuke of Shita-kiri Suzume story.

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Description: By Kyuichi, Tokyo, Late 19th century. Two sparrows are shown offering hospitality in the form of sake to the old woodcutter. Signed on the bottom, Kyuichi. 1 7/8in (4.7cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a toad with insects.

Lot 168: An ivory netsuke of a toad with insects.

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Description: By Masamitsu, Tokyo, Late 19th century. A toad is completely surrounded by insects, principle of which are a cicada and a locust, and including a grub, a snail coming out of its shell, a ladybug, a spider, two grasshoppers, and a cucumber beetle. Signed on the bottom without reserve, Masamitsu. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). Provenance: Ex F. Millard Foard Collection.

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 169: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Late 19th century. The first, a man kneeling on one knee while cradling a rooster. Inscribed on underside without reserve, Gyokuseki. 1?in (3.4cm). The second, an Oni family at a bath, father oni seated in the tub and scrubbing his back with a towel while his wife approaches with a bucket of water and carrying her baby on her back. Inscribed on the underside, Gyokushu. 1in (2.4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a cherry blossom.

Lot 170: An ivory netsuke of a cherry blossom.

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Description: By Tsukamoto Kyokusai, Tokyo, Early 20th century. With 47 stamens and bud in the finest ivory. Signed on the underside without reserve, Tomobako. 1 3/8in (3.3cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection (purchased by them in July, 1937 from Miyanoshita). Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957. Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A wood netsuke of Jurojin.

Lot 171: A wood netsuke of Jurojin.

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Description: By Gyokuzan, Tokyo, Mid/late 19th century. Seated, examining a Buddhist scroll that he has spread out over his crossed legs. Nicely detailed hair-work in the beard, diaper-work pattern on the scroll, and stippling on the underside, himotoshi are of unequal diameter and have carved borders with the larger one being countersunk. Signed on the underside between the himotoshi, Gyokuzan. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection (purchased by them July 5, 1926 at Hotel Drouot-Nievolo). Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1958.

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 172: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Early 20th century. The first, Sesshu resting against a mokugyo, the eyes highlighted in black ink and brocaded yukata in magenta. Signed on the underside without reserve, Shozan(Matsuyama). 1¼in (3.3cm). The second, two Kendo fighters in action, broad waistbands done in lacquer, one in red the other in brown and black. The ivory is darkly stained and the himotoshi are surrounded by rosette borders. Signed on the underside in an inlaid oval tablet of green lacquer, Kyusai(Tetsugendo). 1½in (3.7cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a karako.

Lot 173: An ivory netsuke of a karako.

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Description: Yasumasa [Hosei] (D0720), Tokyo, Early 20th century. Tearing open the top of a drum that sits in front of him, his face has a huge smile as he revels in his accomplishment, his right hand has inserted itself into the hole, a kinchaku hangs from the back of his obi, his yukata is stained green and covered with mon designs of stylized plum blossoms that have been inlaid with tsuishu and horn dots, and the drum is inlaid with horn and tortoise-shell. Signed on underside of drum in an inlaid tsuishu tablet, Yasumasa. Meinertzhagen and Davey both list this artist as Hosei while Lazarnick lists him as Yasumasa and mentions that he was probably a pupil of Yasuaki. 1 1/4in (3cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1960. Illustrated in the Netsuke Kenkyukai article on the Mang Collection (Vol. 3, No. 4 - December 1983) Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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Group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 174: Group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Early 20th century. The first, the Emperor and Empress standing together as dairibina for the Hina Matsuri, he has his arms spread wide and envelopes her. Inscribed on the back, unread. 1¼in (3.2cm). The second, by Meikosai, a shopkeeper working on his ledgers, he holds one open with his left hand while working an abacus with his right and holding his pen in his mouth. Signed on the underside, Meikosai, plus three inscriptions. "Dai fuku cho" (Great Fortune Account); a bow tie and "roku suke"; inverted and a combination of kanji and hiragana. 1¼in (3cm).

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An ivory netsuke of Sesshu being untied by rat.

Lot 175: An ivory netsuke of Sesshu being untied by rat.

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Description: By Inada Ichiro (b.1891), Tokyo, 20th century. The rope ends cleverly brought under the boy and used to ring the himotoshi, his loincloth is stained a sage green, his lips are tinged with red and his pupils and eyebrows are in black. Signed on the underside to the left of an open book of poems, Ichiro. 1 1/2in (3.7cm).

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A group of four netsuke, various materials.

Lot 176: A group of four netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 20th century. The first, by Toshu, wood of a New Year's gift box of tangerines, The front bears an ivory plaque, "otoshidama". Signed in seal form in a square reserve on the back, Toshu. 1¼in (3.1cm). The second, ivory of a child as Sambaso dancer. Inscribed on the underside, Tomokazu. 1?in (2.9cm). The third, ivory depicting a bespectacled man cutting his toenails. Inscribed Gyokuzen. 2in (5.2cm). The fourth, wood of a nude woman seated with her knees drawn up in front of her and her hands resting on her knees, her head is turned to the left. Inscribed on buttock, Masatomo. 1?in (4cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957. Seal illustrated in Lazarnick page 1179. The fourth, Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A walrus ivory ryusa manju of Tennin.

Lot 177: A walrus ivory ryusa manju of Tennin.

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Description: Asakusa school, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. With flowing raiment floating in the clouds and holding aloft a lotus bud with the right hand, the reverse showing a sho (Pan-flute) amidst clouds and the head of a most mischievous looking rain dragon poking out. Kokusai style. 1 1/2in (3.9cm). Provenance: Ex F. Millard Foard Collection.

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A group of two Kokusai style ryusa manjus.

Lot 178: A group of two Kokusai style ryusa manjus.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. The first, marine ivory depicting a stylized Shishi and to its right a flaming Tama, the reverse with a central 16-petal kiri-mon surrounded by a double row of six petals. Unsigned. 1?in (4cm). The second, depicting a Baku and a stylized bat amidst a background of arabesque clouds, the reverse shows similar arabesques around a central himotoshi rimmed by an 8-lobed kiku-wa. 1½in (3.8cm).

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Group of two Asakusa school netsuke, varoius mater

Lot 179: Group of two Asakusa school netsuke, varoius mater

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Description: Kokusai school, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. The first, stag antler obihasami netsuke depicting a monster(squid?). Signed on the reverse, partly abraded. 4¼in (10.7cm). The second, of ivory, showing a combination of kamon, characters, and symbols. The reverse has an eight-petal hanabishi design. 1¾in (4.3cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957.

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An Asakusa school ivory netsuke of a Fu lion and m

Lot 180: An Asakusa school ivory netsuke of a Fu lion and m

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Description: Attributed to Ishikawa Rensai, 2nd, Tokyo - Asakusa, Mid 19th century. The stitches around the cushion neatly shown above and below, the underside is unadorned except for a hossu, the tail of which provides the himotoshi. Signed on the underside without reserve, Rensai. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Purchased at Parke-Bernet, New York, February 7, 1951.

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An ivory netsuke of a Cuckoo.

Lot 181: An ivory netsuke of a Cuckoo.

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Description: Asakusa school, Tokyo - Asakusa, Mid 19th century. Sitting on a straw hat surmounted by a squash vine and leaves, the hat has been pierced with holes to simulate decay, the base is smoothly polished with a single himotoshi in the center that exits from a large cavity on the back of the hat. The hat has been finished with an orange stain, the rest with some wear and patination and a couple of age cracks on the bottom. Unsigned. Attributed to Rensai. 6/8in (2cm).

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A wood netsuke of Daruma.

Lot 182: A wood netsuke of Daruma.

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Description: By Hoshinsai Masayuki, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Enveloped by a bag which is beginning to crack as he emerges from it, one himotoshi is on the lower back and exits through a much larger himotoshi on the bottom which is surrounded by a stippled border Signed on the lower back to the right of the himotoshi, Masayuki plus kakihan. 1 3/8in (3.5cm).

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Group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 183: Group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: By Hoshunsai Masayuki, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. The first, an ink stick with face of an Ainu man on one side, and a partial seal on other, truncated to simulate a broken ink stick. Signed on an edge in a rectangular sunken reserve, Masayuki. 1?in (4.1cm). The second, a Noh dancer with mask, he stands on his right leg while his left is raised at the knee and supported by a band that passes around his neck. Signed on the bottom of the foot, Masayuki, plus kakihan. 1?in (4.7cm).

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A wood netsuke of a Tengu no Tamago hatching.

Lot 184: A wood netsuke of a Tengu no Tamago hatching.

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Description: By Masayuki, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. A ginko leaf wraps around one side of the shell and maple leaves on the other, the talons of one claw are breaking through the shell on the bottom, there is one large himotoshi and a smaller with a border around it, Signed without reserve, Masayuki, plus kakihan. 7/8in (2.4cm).

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A kaki wood netsuke of Daruma yawning.

Lot 185: A kaki wood netsuke of Daruma yawning.

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Description: By Kato Masayuki, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Awakening, his hands stretched upwards and clasped over his head, the large himotoshi on the back with slightly raised borders. Signed on the lower back without reserve, Masayuki, plus kakihan. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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A group of two ivory ryusa manjus.

Lot 186: A group of two ivory ryusa manjus.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. The first, by Kogetsu, a garden scene set among pine trees and ivy. The obverse is inlaid with a good pair of quail in gilded silver, the reverse shows a stone lantern and a woven basket in the trees. At the bottom center is a raised square tablet bearing a seal or kakihan showing a downward pointing three-lobed leaf surmounted by the two-stroke character yane. 1¾in (4.4cm). The second, the obverse shows a couple performing tea ceremony, inset in metal, in front of a house. Metalwork signed, Ryumin. The reverse depicts a stream. Signed on a raised tablet, Kogetsu. 1?in (4.1cm).

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A group of two stag antler ryusa manju & a kagamib

Lot 187: A group of two stag antler ryusa manju & a kagamib

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Description: Asakusa school, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. The first, obverse with an inset gilt silver butterfly dancer, the reverse shows a garden trellis. Signed in a raised round tablet, Ko. 1?in (4.1cm). The second, a Ho-ho bird with full plumage amidst clouds, the reverse with a mitsudomoe. 1?in (4.1cm). The third, kagamibuta with a shibuichi disc showing a lion dancer, the mask and headdress are sentoku highlighted by gilt and red coloring respectively, the reverse a geometric design of 8 Moorish arches. 1?in (4.3cm).

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A stag antler obihasami netsuke of an Oni mask.

Lot 188: A stag antler obihasami netsuke of an Oni mask.

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Description: By Mitsuyoshi, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Reverse with incised hair in black. Signed on reverse, Mitsuyoshi, plus seal in red, Mitsuyoshi. 4 7/8in (12.5cm). Provenance: The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke, Part III, Christie's, Los Angeles, January 28, 1989; Lot 109. Published: Bushell - Netsuke Familiar & Unfamiliar, fig. 575, where it is described as a monster face with the design probably derived from the gargoyle-like roof tiles that ward off demons. Illustrated in Lazarnick page 790.

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A wood ryusa manju of insects.

Lot 189: A wood ryusa manju of insects.

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Description: By Gyokuso (1879-1935), So School, Early 20th century. Array of insects includes dragon fly, two rhino beetles, large fly, mosquito, snail, spider, moth, ant, grasshopper, bee, wasp, butterfly, lady bug, firefly, small mealworm beetle, leaf hopper, horn beetle, stag beetle, and 4 or 5 more. Carved in lightly stained boxwood, Seal on underside in raised characters within an oval reserve, Gyokuso. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: Purchased at Yagi art shop in Kyoto, Japan, 1960.

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A wood netsuke of Daikoku and bag of rats

Lot 190: A wood netsuke of Daikoku and bag of rats

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Description: By Morita Soko (1879-1935), Tokyo, Early 19th century. Sitting cross-legged atop his mallet, holding open the his sack to let in two rats, one of which has already entered except for its tail, the himotoshi are lined with black horn. Signed on underside, Soko to, plus an inlaid ivory seal stained green, So. A similar model is shown in the Baur Collection catalogue (C-43). 1 1/4in (3cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Illustrated in Lazarnick, page 1026. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A wood netsuke of 5 bamboo shoots.

Lot 191: A wood netsuke of 5 bamboo shoots.

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Description: By Morita Soko (1879-1935), Tokyo, Early 19th century. Tied in a bundle, the rope, the stalks, and the nodes at the bottoms of the stalks carefully detailed, stained to show gradations of color on the stalks. Signed on the reverse in an inlaid rectangular ivory tablet, Soko.2 1/8in (5.5cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 319.

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A wood netsuke of a cicada shell.

Lot 192: A wood netsuke of a cicada shell.

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Description: By Shoko (1915-1970), Tokyo, Mid 20th century. The empty cicada shell resting on a partially curved leaf, the back split from its escape and the front legs hooked under the leaf on either side and pulling it up as it held on during the effort, stained a warm chocolate brown color and smoothly polished, the himotoshi are carved under the stem that is curled underneath. Signed on the underside, Shoko to. Miriam Kinsey described him as the "Most original of the So-school carvers and one of the most skillful and imaginative of twentieth-century carvers." 1 3/4in (4.5cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Chinese man.

Lot 193: An ivory netsuke of a Chinese man.

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Description: By Manpei, Tokyo, Mid 20th century. Stooped over with a long handled pipe held in his right hand while from his left dangles a tobacco pouch. The pouch, his trousers and his short tunic are all nicely carved to show the texture of the cloth and are stained a dark brown in contrast to the lighter staining and smooth texture of his skirt. Signed on the reverse on the skirt, Manpei. 2 1/8in (5.2cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a cicada.

Lot 194: An ivory netsuke of a cicada.

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Description: By Senpo, Tokyo, c.1953. Perched on a rounded section of wood, the ivory base stained a light tan simulating the wood, the cicada stained two shades of brown, darker for the thorax and eyes, lighter for the well-veined wings. Signed without reserve, Senpo. 2 1/8in (5.4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

Lot 195: An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

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Description: By Kangyoku Risshisai, Tokyo, Mid 20th century. One of his humorous studies of a monkey, standing but leaning forward, bent at the waist, and intently engaged in picking something from his teeth. The fine quality ivory is polished and without hair-work, and the eyes are double-inlaid in horn. Signed without reserve, Risshisai, and in an oval reserve, Kangyoku. 2 3/4in (6.9cm).

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An ivory netsuke of an elephant.

Lot 196: An ivory netsuke of an elephant.

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Description: By Kansui, Tokyo, Mid 20th century. Eyes are double-inlaid in horn with black pupils, highly polished. Signed on the underside in a raised oval tablet, Kansui. 1 3/4in (4.3cm).

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An ivory netsuke of two swans.

Lot 197: An ivory netsuke of two swans.

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Description: By Bishu, Tokyo, Late 20th century. Their necks intertwined and their bodies embraced in a wonderful geometric composition. Signed on the underside, Bishu, plus seal Mishu. 2 1/4in (5.6cm).

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A group of three ivory netsuke.

Lot 198: A group of three ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid/late 20th century. The first, A dog licking his raised paw, the eyes are inlaid in amber horn. Signed 'Ikko Masakoku". 1 3/4in (4.6cm). The second, attributed to Hideyuki, the lantern ghost of Oiwa, the eyes are inlaid in amber and the urna is inlaid in black horn. 3in (7.6cm). The third, by Yasufusa, a seated Rabbit scratching its ear, eyes double-inlaid in amber (or horn). Signed in a polished reserve, I.N.C.S. 1975 Yasufusa, plus in another polished reserve, 12. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: The first, Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A wood netsuke of a baku and monkey.

Lot 199: A wood netsuke of a baku and monkey.

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Description: By Tametaka, Nagoya, Mid 18th century. The monkey with its right hand to its head as if peering into the distance and seated astride an en couchant Baku with an enormous girth. Signed on bottom of foot without reserve, Tametaka. 1 3/8in (3.6cm).

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A wood netsuke of mushrooms.

Lot 200: A wood netsuke of mushrooms.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. On a common stalk which forms the himotoshi, the top is smoothly polished and of a rich dark brown color, the gills are delicately and naturalistically carved and unstained. Signed on the stalk, Tadatoshi. 7/8in (2.2cm). Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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